Saturday, October 6, 2012

Spotlight: EleMental, Level 1 by Steven O'Connor

Book blurb
This is Level 1 of the young adult sci-fi thriller 'EleMental: A First-person Shooter' – newly republished as an ebook from the original 2010 print edition and available exclusively through Amazon.  

One moment, you're sitting at your desk, the next, you're battling something that's half-dinosaur, half-tank.

Set in 2050, three teenagers encounter a deadly new virtual reality game called EleMental. Deliberately designed to be highly addictive, to control rebellious asteroid miners, EleMental has a by-product no one was ready for: gameblur - the confusion of reality and virtuality.

Praise for the original print edition
'... a fantastic and exciting debut novel by Steven O’Connor ... entertaining mix of futuristic sci-fi, horror, action and angst ... this reads like Philip K Dick for teenagers. With the narrative sneakily shifting between the real and virtual worlds, O’Connor explores some fairly complex and sophisticated issues in a thrilling and accessible way.'
Bookseller+Publisher, June 2010.

 '... the author does an excellent job of creating Virtualitee, and by the end readers might feel as if they have had a lucky escape from its clutches, too.'
Booklist, May 2012.

EleMental: Level 1 is FREE October 6 ONLY. 

'EleMental: A First-person Shooter (Levels 2-4)' is also currently being offered. Readers can collect the set!

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Author Bio:
Originally from Luton, England, Steven O'Connor now lives in Melbourne, Australia with his wife, two teenage children and Sparks, his ever-attentive, ever-hungry Cavalier King Charles spaniel (aka a toy dog).
His initial manuscript for 'EleMental: A First-person Shooter' (or E-FPS) won him a coveted Young Adult Fiction Writers' Mentorship at the national Varuna Writers' Centre in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia.
The print edition of E-FPS was first published in Australia as 'EleMental' by Pier 9/Murdoch Books in 2010. The 2012 'makeover edition' is now being offered exclusively through Amazon in a series of level ebooks (1-4), or as the complete ebook.
'MonuMental', the follow up, will be published soon.
When Steven O'Connor is not writing, he's a health education social worker and he's passionate about health promotion for young people.
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